PassCode’s Member-designed Merch Really Makes Me Wonder about Them

Okay, first and foremost, this all is in fact pretty cool:

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The Third Contest Begins

The first two contests are now CLOSED; only the below is currently open. I’ll get up a voting post for the others by evening time.

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PassCode’s Nao said that she wants a world where there aren’t idol fans and band fans, but music fans. And it is the Official Policy of to agree with that sentiment. In fact, idols and bands should work together as often as possible and make beautiful things happen. To that end:

I Want to Look Like a Babymetal Roadie Prize Pack

In honor of Babymetal’s collaboration with Rob Halford, what’s your ideal scenario of idols joining legends of metal — or punk or hardcore or really anything — on stage? Taking a page from the Homicidol Mashup, use your image editing software of choice to create the image that best tells the story of our favorite kinds of idols joining with real legends of rock for a mind-blowing combo shot. Is it a still from an epic concert stage? A promo poster? Album art? A candid or even modeled photo? Let your imagination do the walking and your skills do the talking.

Submissions now open!

Submissions open June 21-27
Voting opens June 28


Babymetal Trio Noir T-shirt from the 2016 World Tour Bad-as-fuck Babymetal Metal Resistance jacket
This trippy The One-style shirt from the 2016 World tour, size XL This boss jacket, size XL

Do You Have What It Takes to Win One of These Babymetal Prize Packs?

Because I’m an idiot sometimes, I got crossed up on when the last two contests were going to run, so the third is opening a day late; accordingly, the final two are both being pushed back a day.

We are loved. Through the extreme generosity of a very cool friend of the site who has asked to remain anonymous, a substantial bundle of Babymetal merch has fallen into my hands with the purpose of spreading the love far and wide. And sure, I could just give it away, but where’s the fun in that?

So here’s the deal: Beginning today, we’re going to have ourselves a series of contests, with a neat-o prize pack available to the winner of each. There’ll be a submission period followed by voting by the readership; yep, though I’d love to be the sole arbiter of what’s greatest, it’s your peers who will be the judges.

The general rules are simple: Create (or share what you’ve already created, if applicable) the required deliverable for each contest and post it in its respective thread on the forums within the submission period, and then voting will follow. If your creation wins, I’ll ship your prize to you. Particular considerations for each contest are in the descriptions below; unless otherwise noted, there’s no cap on an individual’s submissions.

The first two contests are currently open — hop to it! Continue reading


I Want to Go on Tour with BiSH

I’m sure that a few of you all live in or regularly travel to Japan, and you get to do fun things like go to bonkers idol shows and do all the wotagei stuff and enjoy it. For those of us who don’t have those options, there’s YouTube and just being jealous from a distance.

And that’s where I am now. I want to be able to go to even just one of these BiSH shows. “Idol Swindle” looks and sounds like it’s probably fun.

Tour poster for BiSH's Idol Swindle tour in spring 2016
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Man, PassCode Has the Best Merch

No offense to the many other idol groups whose shirts I’d wear without a care (while combing my hair and getting some air and why won’t you share? because he’s a bear?), but PassCode‘s most recent stuff is just so scarily on point. It makes me think of Fear Factory and NIN and neuromancer-level cyber terror.

Now juxtapose that badass look with Nao’s recent modeling: Continue reading